Tag: Idaho

Preserve Parent: Raising Kids at Silver Creek

Written by | April 11th, 2014

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It’s true that not many people show up for their birthday parties. But Dayna Gross’ kids track the seasons by elk bugles, play in the stream whenever they want and roam freely. Here’s what it’s like to grow up on a nature preserve — and to be a “preserve parent.”

From Idaho to Argentina: A Conservation Manager’s Perspective

Written by | April 3rd, 2014

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Forty years ago, Idaho communities and The Nature Conservancy came together to protect Silver Creek, now a widely-heralded conservation success and world-famous trout stream. Is a similar story beginning in Argentina? Silver Creek conservation manager Dayna Gross reflects.

Cool Green Morning: Wednesday, May 4

Written by | May 4th, 2011

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Birds and lady lizards and urban sprawl, oh my!

  1. According to the latest State of the Birds report, public preserves provide habitat for at least half of the American populations of 300 bird species. (Green)
  2. Idaho has more wind power than it knows what to do with. (CleanTechnica)
  3. Sprawl can be worse than the buildings themselves, energy-usage-wise. (EcoGeek)
  4. A drop in green cleaning product purchases is hurting one big brand. (GreenBiz)
  5. Researchers have bred an all-female species of lizard. (Wired)

A Hippo in…Australia?

Written by | January 18th, 2010

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A pygmy hippo — a native of Africa — shot in Australia? The Nature Conservancy’s Matt Miller says it’s true — and an example of a brave new world.

It’s Time for Environmentalists to Stop Crying Wolf

Written by | September 17th, 2009

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Hate mail, angry community meetings, hyperbolic letters to the editor. No, not health care reform: Wolf hunting. Here in Idaho, it seems, the wolf hunting season — which opened earlier this month — has pushed all other news aside. Many environmentalists are mad as hell that wolf management has been turned over to the states […]

5 Questions: Design for a Living World

Written by | June 12th, 2009

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Isaac Mizrahi, Alaska, kicky pumps, salmon leather. Stumped? OK, let’s try another one: Kate Spade, Bolivia, handbags, palm leaves. No? How about Maya Lin, red maple, Maine? Such Riddle-of-the-Sphinx juxtapositions define Design for a Living World, an exhibition now showing at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum in New York City through January 4, 2010. The exhibition, organized […]

Salmon Country: See Fantastic Video

Written by | June 1st, 2009

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Despite their dwindling numbers, salmon are still king in the Pacific Northwest. “In this part of the world, biodiversity runs on salmon,” says Alan Holt, who helped start The Nature Conservancy’s Pacific salmon program. But news from the world of salmon hasn’t been positive in a long time. Grim stories abound, from the closure of […]

Seeing Red Over Salmon

Written by | February 10th, 2009

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Soon after I moved to Idaho, I fished a tiny little stream — the kind of water where you can catch trout of eight or maybe 10 inches. And then a behemoth swam by, literally parting the waters. A salmon. Half out of the water, it pushed on: the final part of a 900-mile journey to […]

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